Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Priyamani, Kick Shyam, Aditya Menon and Kota Srinivasa Rao
Director: T Venugopal
Producer: T. Govindarajan
T. Govindarajan’s production and T Venugopal’s directed action romantic thriller features Jagapathi Babu, Priyamani, Kick Shyam, Aditya Menon and Kota Srinivasa Rao. The film’s music has been scored y Koti. The movie was the talk of town and now it is out in cinemas to be watched. The Telugu movie ‘Kshetram’ was being awaited much by Priyamani who was waiting for a hit after her ongoing shaking career. Unfortunately she has to wait for another flick since this one is sure to bring nothing lucrative for her. The movie stars Jagapathi Babu in the specially knitted character.
The execution fails to generate any oomph values for the viewers who specially came to get the cinemas adorned with their presence but their hard earned money went simply waste. Disappointment at their end – sure, they are! The script is lifeless. Story that has been used to scribble down the screenplay and dialogues on is pretty ordinary and old through it has commercial values. But what you will do with the commercial aspects of the story when the script written on it has nothing alluring?
Kshetram talks about Narasimha Rayalu (Jagapathi Babu) and Lakshmi (Priyamani) who get killed by their own people (played by Aditya Menonn and Kota Srinivasa Rao). The killing happens when the two (Nrasimha and Lakshmi) brings the Lord Lakshmi Narasimha’s idol from the jungle to the temple in the area. Their act can bring the money for the poor of the place but this is not swallowed by some who eventually murder them. Lakshmi’s soul does not leave the place and moves on there. And when Sohani (Priyamani) comes to the scene, her soul slips into her. Sohani is to tie the knot with Chaktri (Shyam) who is also the reincarnated form of Narasimha. Now the revenge starts when Sohani (Lakshmi’s soul) begins killing the culprits.
The story is not novel at all. These kinds of revenge based flicks where the souls enter into some other bodies and start killing the evildoers. The script is a big letdown. It has been written with childish style. It is just like we read a ghost children story.
The direction is mundane. The director has no potential to bind the viewer till the end. The climax shows his lack of skills.
Cinematography, which should be the high point in these kinds of subjects, is lackluster. Editing fails simply to attract. Music is pretty ordinary.
Now coming to the performances, Priyamani is the central character of the movie and she displays the weak performance to be best avoided. Jagapathi Babu is average. Aditya Menon seems not to be in his elements. Kota is average.
On the whole, Kshetram is a weak fare and does not have values to be viewed specially in theaters.